I have been wanting to create this page for so long and I am so happy it is now up with some amazing resources.

We all want to be rockstar bloggers and business people… yes?

I thought so. I knew I liked you!

I must tell you that I have been really wanting to share some of the tools, platforms, and technology I have been using along with my blogging journey.

I have picked up so many over the years.

*The resources listed below are either items I currently use of have used in the past and like. This post contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase a product or service. 

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  1. EPIC Blog Planner – 1 Year Editorial Calendar This planner has been a real game changer. In my almost third year of blogging, I finally decided to see where this all could lead if I treated it like a business instead of a hobby. I began using this planner in December of 2014 and I am hooked. It is super helpful at guiding you through your planning and reconciling of expenses, income, and analytics. I love that I now track everything and can see the proof on paper. 
  2. Meet Edgar – Social Media automation (Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In). I began using this program after I started making $1k on the blog because in my mind it is a little pricey at $49.00 a month. But this has really helped me set my social media and forget it so I can focus on other projects and tasks for the future.
  3. Tailwind – Social Media automation (Pinterest and Instagram). Since about 66% of my traffic comes from Pinterest I knew this program was just for me. I seriously was so excited with I found out about Tailwind. I still use it and I am figuring out the best way to leverage my platform and gain a larger following. I have noticed a significant increase in traffic on my site since using this amazing tool!
  4. Bluehost – (Hosting) I started using their hosting in May of 2015 when my traffic began exceeding 5,000 a day. I haven’t had ANY issues with their hosting and their customer service is off the charts amazing. They are really great at breaking.
  5. GoDaddy – Domain name purchase. I purchase all my domains through Godaddy. Also if you are just starting your site their hosting is good. I only switched because once I began exceeding 5,000 visitors per day my site began crashing every day multiple times a day.
  6. BluChic – WordPress Themes. I purchased the theme Lynette for this site and I really do love it. It is pretty and easy to modify.
  7. WordPress.org – Self-hosted site – I started on blogger which made my URL artsandclassy.blogspot.com. If you don’t want to spend anything when starting your blog, I recommend this free option.

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  1. iPhone 6 – I loveeeeeee this phone!!!!!!!! My phone has been my main blogging tool since I started, but I have managed to get by just using my iPhone during my first 3 years to take photos of all my projects. Lighting has been the biggest trick with my iPhone to make all my photos look more professional. 
  2. MacBook Pro with Retina Display – I love love love my Macbook. I have invested in the Macbook pro since 2006. I had their first edition and now I have their model with retina display. The picture on my screen is seriously so perfect! 
  3. iPad Mini with Retina Display – I invested in this in October 2015 and I am so happy I did. It is another great tool that I use daily for social media, reading ebooks, and doing research. It’s also awesome because canva.com (the graphics program I use) has an app specifically for the iPad. I can create graphics when I am over looking at a computer screen. Creating graphics while laying on my couch has never been so fun!
  4. Canon T5i – I invested in this camera because I really wanted to take the images of my projects to another level of professionalism. Especially since I am working with very popular brands. I love this camera and I am so happy I bought it.
  5. Headphones – Not sure if you have the same issue, but the iPhone earbuds do not fit in my ears. But the good news is that these ones do and they are super inexpensive!!
  6. Wireless Keyboard – Ever since investing in my laptop stand to help alleviate my neck problems and soreness of staring at a computer screen, this keyboard has been a godsend! I love it and I love that it is super easy to set up and use.
  7. Laptop Stand – I never knew I needed this until I saw another person in the TV business
  8. Rode Mic – Plugs into my iPhone 6. I have seen that a lot of people online are using this for their videos and Periscope live broadcasts. So I thought I would give it a try since I am trying to be more interactive with my audience. It plugs directly into my iPhone and my laptop via the auxiliary port.
  9. iPhone 6 Tripod – I ordered this solely for my Periscope sessions. Want to follow me? Download the app and find me on @MeredithAnneG!!
  10. GripTight GorillaPod Stand – for my iPhone 6
  11. Wacom Tablet – I have had this for a few years. When I am using Photoshop and Illustrator I love this tool to help me make the act of using a computer program feel more organic like drawing or painting.

BLOGGING TIPS

  1. PayPal – I use my Paypal account as my business account. A lot of my networks pay me through Paypal or direct deposit to my checking account. I do plan on using an actual business checking account in the future. But PayPal is easy and quick to use.
  2. PayPal Here – I have been accepting credit cards via PayPal Here
  3. Wave Accounting – I use this software and Paypal to create my
  4. Legal Zoom – I haven’t done this yet but it is a part of the plan for my business in the near future. Get your LLC the easy way!
  5. Fiverr – If you want to go an inexpensive route for a design logo or other graphics, I highly recommend this site! You pay $5 for a simple logo.
  6. 99Designs – Hire a designer to design your logo or your site! You create a competition for anything design related online. Artists will compete for the job and you will be sent multiple designs. You pick the winner. Pretty awesome stuff.
  7. Canva.com – a free graphic design site that is super easy to make any graphics you could think of.
  8. Photoshop & Illustrator – I use both of these for resizing images and vector files.
  9. Pixlr – Another free graphics program that is similar to photoshop.

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Check out the following networks that I am currently a part of. They pay me to do projects and write articles for large brands! <3 <3 Living the dream!

  1. Linqia 
  2. Clever Network
  3. Izea 
  4. Pollinate Media
  5. The Sits Girls
  6. Blogher
  7. Activate by Bloglovin’
  8. Cooperatize
  9. Blog Meets Brand
  10. Tap Influence

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